I saw this Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts recipe on the Smitten Kitchen site last Christmas but I had already made all my gifts/run out of time so I made sure to fit these in this year. They are very quick and easy to make but are very difficult not to keep snacking on. I made up jars for friends and kept the left overs for myself for Christmas time but unfortunately polished them off today on the first day of my 2 week holiday. Oops!
Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts
60g dark brown sugar
140g white granulated sugar
1.5 tsp salt
1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cinnamon
500g walnut or pecan halves, almonds or whole peeled hazelnuts or a mix of nuts
1 egg white, room temperature
1 tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 150c or gas mark 2 and line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
Mix sugars, salt, paprika, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps and set aside. Beat the egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts and stir to coat evenly.
Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on the prepared trays and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.
Store in an airtight container or jar up some nuts as a homemade gift.